What is the prevalence of testicular malignancy in patients with testicular torsion?

Updated: Aug 31, 2018
  • Author: Oreoluwa I Ogunyemi, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Testicular torsion is associated with testicular malignancy, especially in adults; one study found a 64% association of testicular torsion with testicular malignancy. This is thought to be secondary to a relative increase in the broadness of the affected testicle compared with its blood supply. [4]  However, in a review of 32 patients who had been diagnosed with testicular torsion, testicular cancer was found in 2 of the 20 patients who had undergone orchiectomy, a rate of 6.4%. [5]

Testicular torsion: (A) extravaginal; (B) intravag Testicular torsion: (A) extravaginal; (B) intravaginal.

For patient education information, see the Men's Health Center, as well as Testicular Pain.

For additional information, see Testicular Torsion in Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Testicular Torsion .


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